Feb 11, 2018
Count the Cost
"Count the Cost". Following Jesus will cost you. Released: 2018.
  • Feb 11, 2018Count the Cost
    Feb 11, 2018
    Count the Cost
    "Count the Cost". Following Jesus will cost you. Released: 2018.
  • Feb 4, 2018What Kind of Leader is Jesus – Part 2
    Feb 4, 2018
    What Kind of Leader is Jesus – Part 2
    Everyone admires a servant leader, but few want to be one. Jesus invites us to both follow and copy His servant leadership. Learn three more descriptions of how Jesus leads.
      Mark 10:32–45 KJV 32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.         INTRO:   Anyone hear ever heard of John Harper’s last convert? Probably not.   You probably have never heard of John Harper, have you?   How about the Titanic? Heard of that?   John Harper preached Christ with his last breaths before slipping into his icy water grave.   See for yourself. [PLAY VIDEO] https://youtu.be/J25StleSQG8   What sacrifice! What love!   What an example of a servant leader.   One who influenced without need of position or platform.   One who led as a servant.         PROP   Everyone admires a servant leader, but few want to be one.   Jesus invites us to both follow and copy His servant leadership.   As a believer, we ought to become a follower of Jesus. As a follower, we ought to become a servant leader like Jesus.         TRANS   Today, we will examine those and learn to trust and copy Jesus’ servant leadership.         REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK   1. He creates accessibility, vs. 36   2. He defines reality, vs. 38-40   3. He cultivates unity, vs. 41-42         TODAY         4. He shapes philosophy, vs. 43   ​     ​   Mark 10:43 KJV 1900 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:         You’ve probably heard this before, but don’t miss it:   Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.         As a servant leader, Jesus helps his followers think how He thinks.         He shares wisdom and teaches how to make decisions.         He teaches guiding principles rather than just commanding laws alone.         A servant leader serves His followers by influencing they way they think!     That can be risky.   Shaping means changing.   Changing means challenging.   Challenging means conflict.    
      Ever had anyone in your life challenge the way you think?
      ILL—Me at age 11 annoying people with two words I loved to say: “I know.”   I am so glad I experienced conflict from being challenged, which led to me changing and shaping philosophy.    
      That takes commitment.    
      It takes commitment to shape philosophy.    
      You are committing truth!   ​   2 Timothy 2:2 KJV 1900 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.    
        Not only does Jesus shape philosophy, but He . . .         5. He expands capacity, vs. 44   ​     ​   Mark 10:44 KJV 1900 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.         Jesus is teaching that the leader’s responsibility is to help His followers with their responsibilities.         Jesus doesn’t do our work for us, but He enables us to do ours well.         He empowers and equips for what He employs.         ILL—Chick-fil-A & Truett Cathy   In Dee Ann Turner’s new book, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and Compelling Culture, she shares the secret sauce of Chick-fil-A’s highly effective business model that began over 60 years ago by founder Truett Cathy. Truett created something incredibly special at Chick-fil-A, but Turner also notes that he had the wisdom and humility to create something bigger than himself: an enduring culture that values people above everything else.   Chick-fil-A has achieved tremendous success by any business standard. They’ve experienced a more than 10% sales increase almost every year since launching in 1946. Franchisees retention rate has been 96% for nearly 50 years, while the corporate staff retention rate has hovered at 95-97% over the same time period.   However, Turner explains the real victory for the fast food industry icon is the growth of a culture that has nurtured and impacted so many people. As Turner writes, “Culture is the soul of an organization.” And every company has a culture, whether leaders consciously mold it or not.   It’s My Pleasure explains that creating an intentional, compelling culture begins with understanding the company’s purpose. Why does the company exist? What motivates it? From the start, Truett Cathy based his company on Biblical principles, and operated in a “servant leadership” style long before it was called that. The religious influence is explicit in the company’s purpose, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”         I believe this truth sums it up. A servant leader accomplishes the mission through his followers.         Not only does Jesus shape philosophy and expand capacity, but He . . .         6. He models humility, vs. 45         What’s the opposite of humility? —pride   Who best models pride? —Satan     ​   Mark 10:45 KJV 1900 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.         Hudson Taylor   Missionary Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as “our illustrious guest.” Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master.”   Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 243         Three mindsets of a humble leader:         God-view: Sees himself from God’s perspective as a vital, but small, part of God’s big plan.   No-name: Shares the credit, takes the blame.   All-directional: Selflessly influences at all levels.         Summary Truths         In summary, Jesus shapes philosophy, expands capacity, and He models humility.         Servant leaders surrender to God and open potential for others.   Selfish leaders resist God and consume potential from others.       CONCLUSION:         Questions to ask yourself:         Jesus shapes philosophy, expands capacity, and models humility.   Will you follow Him?   Will you copy Him?         Do you want your philosophies shaped by the world or by Jesus?   Will you commit to shaping your followers’ philosophies?         Do you want your capacity limited or expanded?   Will you work to expand the capacity of those you lead?         Do you want to be led by a prideful or humble leader?   Do you want to be a humble leader?         It all begins at the cross.  
  • Jan 28, 2018What Kind of Leader is Jesus?
    Jan 28, 2018
    What Kind of Leader is Jesus?
    "What Kind of Leader is Jesus?". Released: 2018.
  • Jan 21, 2018What’s it Look Like?
    Jan 21, 2018
    What’s it Look Like?
    What does it look like to be a disciple of Jesus? Released: 2018.
  • Jan 8, 2018The Lid of Leadership
    Jan 8, 2018
    The Lid of Leadership
    Exploring the limiting factors in our effectiveness for God."The Lid of Leadership". Released: 2018.
  • Dec 31, 2017New Year, New Me
    Dec 31, 2017
    New Year, New Me
    Series: Continue
    New Year New Me - A message to bring in 2018. Released: 2017.
  • Dec 24, 2017We Need Jesus
    Dec 24, 2017
    We Need Jesus
    Series: Continue
    This Christmas Eve we explore why "We Need Jesus" Released: 2017.
  • Dec 17, 2017Five Realities of Christmas
    Dec 17, 2017
    Five Realities of Christmas
    Series: Continue
  • Nov 12, 2017Veterans Day Message
    Nov 12, 2017
    Veterans Day Message
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  • Oct 23, 2016Four Signs of a Healthy Christian Heart (Part 1 of 4)
    Oct 23, 2016
    Four Signs of a Healthy Christian Heart (Part 1 of 4)
    In this parable, we find two primary applications: Keep it. Sow it. There are three primary objects in this parable: the sower, the seed, and the soil. - Sower: Jesus and believers who share His message (Mt. 13:37) - Seed: Word of God (Luke 8:11) - Soil: Hearers (Luke 8:12-15) Luke 8:4-15 The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting cares, and some are receptive. Notice, the fruitfulness is determined by the soil, not the seed or the sower. So, this parable gives us two challenges: 1) Keep it: nurture the Word in your heart 2) Sow it: share the Word with others Our focus today will be on: "Keep it." There is nothing wrong with the Sower or the Seed. The problem is with the soil! Our challenge is to keep our hearts, the "soil," nurtured and maintained to be fruitful ground for the Word of God. It is a challenge! Sin, sinners, Satan, and circumstances have their way at influencing our heart to be unfit ground for the seed of the Word of God. So, how can we keep our heart healthy spiritually? Today, we will look at the first of four signs of a healthy spiritual heart condition. First, consider that keeping a healthy spiritual heart must be a passion and pursuit: Psalm 119:10-11 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.   Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. As we pursue keeping a healthy heart, we should work to keep it . . . SOFT AND RECEPTIVE “Way side” people, like many of the religious leaders, refuse to believe God’s message. Way-sides are hard, calloused sceptics and unbelievers. They have been trodden on and hardened in their life and are unwilling to receive the Word. How can we keep our heart soft and receptive? - Reading/Hearing, Psalm 119:11 - Meditation, Psalm 119:15 - Prayer, Romans 8:15-16 - Fellowship, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42 - Ministry, Acts 6:4 - Giving, Matthew 6:21 ILL:  Gipsy Smith told of a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.” “Let it go through you once,” replied Smith, “Then you will tell a different story!” Let us keep our hearts soft and receptive to the Word of God!
  • Oct 16, 2016The Influence of Encouragement
    Oct 16, 2016
    The Influence of Encouragement
    John is in prison and losing his influence. John had been put in prison by Herod. Herod had married his own sister-in-law, and John publicly rebuked Herod’s flagrant sin (Mt 14:3-5). John had stated several times that he must decrease and Christ must increase. John had directed his many disciples to follow Christ. In prison, John struggles with his faith that Jesus is Christ. John struggles with losing his followers and being placed into prison. Jesus sent disciples back to John to give a message that blessed is he that is not offended in me. Mt 11:7-8 Jesus affirmed the believers that John was deeply rooted in his message, humble in his ministry, and more than a prophet. He was no pandering politician. - When one is struggling in his faith, he needs someone he believes in to affirm confidence in him. - Jesus said John was in prison because of the strong stand he takes and that he never tried to use the ministry to obtain wealth and fame. - Jesus knew the language which would minister to John's spirit. - Jesus said John was the greatest prophet among men. Then, Jesus said, the person who is least in Heaven is greater than John. JESUS PUMPED UP JOHN AND THEN REMINDED HIM THAT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NOT ABOUT JOHN. John had let his prison moment get him focused on himself and lose sight of Christ. Jesus helped him by not focusing on John's weakness, affirming his strengths, and reminding him of his role in the bigger picture. PROP The church will be healthier when it's members encourage one another when they are down.   TRANS MESSAGE 1) DON'T FOCUS ON PEOPLE'S WEAKNESSES, vs 7-8 - We all have them - Mt 22:37-40 Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you - Mt 7:1-5 Leave their "mote" alone 2) AFFIRM PEOPLE'S STRENGTHS, vs 9-11 1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 3) HELP PEOPLE SEE THEIR VITAL ROLE IN THE BIGGER PICTURE, vs 11 1 Timothy 1:18-19 18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1 Timothy 3:14-15 14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 4:12-16 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. Quote: “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”—William Arthur Ward CONCLUSION THEY SAID HE COULDN’T SING As a young boy he worked in a factory, but had an intense desire to be a singer. When he turned ten years old, he took his first voice lesson which procured a less than encouraging remark from his teacher, “You can’t sing. You haven’t any voice at all. Your voice sounds like a wind in the shutters.” His mother, however, believed that he could learn to sing. She was very poor, but she hugged him and said, “My boy, I’m going to make every sacrifice to pay for your voice lessons.” Her encouragement and sacrifice for her son proved to be invaluable. He became known as one of the world’s greatest singers. His name is Enrico Caruso. Source: Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, W. B. Knight 1) don't focus on people's weaknesses 2) affirm peoples strengths 3) help people see the bigger picture Ultimately, encourage people, and they will do better.
  • Oct 9, 2016Ten Preventions to a Divided House
    Oct 9, 2016
    Ten Preventions to a Divided House